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Trustee (Commercial) - Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK)

Worcester, United Kingdom / Hybrid
Closing on 12 March 2024

We are working in partnership with The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the charity that enhances communities, so everyone can enjoy being in, on and around water, safely.  RLSS UK has a proud history of helping to save the number of lives lost to drowning, which still stands at an average of 312 lives lost to accidental drownings in the UK and Ireland, each year. Their mission is to be the leader in lifesaving and lifeguarding in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, sharing their expertise and knowledge with as many people as possible, giving everyone the potential to save lives and enjoy water, safely.

The charity has used their extensive, world-leading knowledge of water safety and training to develop a comprehensive range of vocational qualifications and a series of awards and education programmes, which all have the ultimate aim of preventing drowning and stopping unnecessary loss of life. Their portfolio includes the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) - the premier lifeguard training programme.

They are now seeking a new Trustee (Commercial), who will be responsible for providing commercial knowledge, skills and experience to the Board of Trustees and the organisation in general. A passion for, and interest in, the charitable and commercial work of RLSS UK will be essential.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • A broad knowledge of the commercial sector, specifically related to product development.
  • A good communicator with the ability to lead the debate around commercial issues within a defined business context.
  • A working knowledge of commercial trading in terms of budgeting and forecasting.
  • Experience of innovating to find new income streams.
  • Ideally had experience as a Trustee of a charity/non-profit organisation, although is not essential.

We are seeking an individual with strategic vision, and sound independent judgement. The ability to think creatively and work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of RLSS UK will be essential. Trustees serve for an initial term of 3 years and will have the opportunity to be re-appointed for a second and final term (maximum of 9 years). Trustee meetings (held on Saturdays / 4-6 meetings per year) are currently operating a hybrid arrangement with some meetings held virtually and others face to face in Worcester. All reasonable expenses will be covered by the charity.

Your expression of interest should include your CV and supporting statement.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.

Closing date: 12 March 2024

Charisma vetting interviews must be completed by midday on 14 March, prior to shortlisting on the 15 March.

Interviews with RLSS UK: 26 or 27 March, in-person (Worcester)

Katherine Anderson-Scott
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